Pack Expo 2002: Micron PharmaWorks, Coreco's IPD develop code inspection system

Chicago, IL—Micron PharmaWorks and Coreco Imaging's intelligent products division (IPD) announced Nov. 4 that they've developed an online Reduced Space Symbology (RSS)-14 code inspection system for single-dose packages in the pharmaceutical industry.


Chicago, IL— Micron PharmaWorks Coreco Imaging 's intelligent products division (IPD) announced Nov. 4 that they've developed an online Reduced Space Symbology (RSS)-14 code inspection system for single-dose packages in the pharmaceutical industry. Micron Pharmaworks (Tampa, FL) is a venture of Micron Automation that offers custom services for thermoformed packaging of pharmaceutical products. Coreco Imaging (St. Laurent, Quebec, Canada) is a machine vision manufacturer.

RSS-14 bar code symbologies developed by the Uniform Code Council incorporate more information in less space than other bar code symbologies, and a primary application for this new code is in pharmaceutical manufacturing and tracking. Micron PharmaWorks collaborated with IPD on developing a machine vision-based solution for reading this new symbology online on single-dose packages in a production environment. The new inspection system features IPD's NetSight general-purpose machine vision system, which now supports customized software for decoding RSS-14 symbology.

"The flexibility, extensibility and ease of setup and configuration of IPD's NetSight makes it the ideal product for solving immediate customer requirements for reading RSS-14 in its current configuration, as well as supporting the code as it evolves," says Peter Buczynsky, Micron PharmaWorks' president. "Like many others in the industry, we anticipate that the FDA may soon require all single-dose pharmaceuticals to bear an RSS-14 barcode, and this inspection system will allow our customers to meet that requirement."

Steve Geraghty, IPD's director, adds that, "As a new company backed by proven machine vision technology, IPD is ideally suited to the challenge of providing a leading-edge solution for reading the RSS-14 high-density barcodes in this application. We are pleased to partner with Micron PharmaWorks on this project, and we look forward to future collaborations that will benefit our customers in the pharmaceutical industry."

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Gary A. Mintchell, senior editor

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners.
Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Learn more about methods used to ensure that the integration between the safety system and the process control...
Adding industrial toughness and reliability to Ethernet eGuide
Technological advances like multiple-in-multiple-out (MIMO) transmitting and receiving
Big plans for small nuclear reactors: Simpler, safer control designs; Smarter manufacturing; Industrial cloud; Mobile HMI; Controls convergence
Virtualization advice: 4 ways splitting servers can help manufacturing; Efficient motion controls; Fill the brain drain; Learn from the HART Plant of the Year
Two sides to process safety: Combining human and technical factors in your program; Preparing HMI graphics for migrations; Mechatronics and safety; Engineers' Choice Awards
The Ask Control Engineering blog covers all aspects of automation, including motors, drives, sensors, motion control, machine control, and embedded systems.
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
News and comments from Control Engineering process industries editor, Peter Welander.
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
This is a blog from the trenches – written by engineers who are implementing and upgrading control systems every day across every industry.
Anthony Baker is a fictitious aggregation of experts from Callisto Integration, providing manufacturing consulting and systems integration.
Integrator Guide

Integrator Guide

Search the online Automation Integrator Guide

Create New Listing

Visit the System Integrators page to view past winners of Control Engineering's System Integrator of the Year Award and learn how to enter the competition. You will also find more information on system integrators and Control System Integrators Association.

Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Control Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.